Student Showcase

The purpose of this page is to provide my undergraduate and graduate students a place to conveniently showcase their work, projects and successes. As I receive updates from students, new information will be posted. If you have any questions or are interested in any of this work, please do not hesitate contact me.


Caley Gasch

Former Student and GIS Teaching Assistant, Currently PhD student in Ecology

April 5, 2012 - Caley lead authored a piece on using GIS-based feature extraction technology for identifying plant roots in digital rhizotron images. The piece was picked up by the developers of the software she used and featured in their newsletter. Great going Caley!

For the original research, please see our article at the Plant Root website. For the newsletter piece, take a look at the Overwatch website.

This is a good example of how cross-disciplinary research can prove to be quite fruitful!


Patrick Dammann

Former Student

March 8, 2010 - Patrick successfully defended his thesis at Hochschule Karlsruhe - Technik und Wirtschaft in Germany. For his research, Patrick developed a visual approach for representing and exploring complex networks of networks:

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This work used Processing, a flexible, Java-based language to support graphics programming.

Great job, Patrick!


Teal Wyckoff

Former Student

October 1, 2009 - Teal has been promoted to the position of Research Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.

Congratulations Teal!



Ben Yanda

Former Graduate Student

February 2, 2009 - Ben and Carina Yanda have been working very hard on developing an orphanage and family education project in an underserved area in Tanzania. Their goal is to develop a series of projects intended to materially support orphans and widows, improve school nutrition, supply professional and vocational continuing education for community professionals, support agricultural extension, literacy programs, and to promote community health. 

The effort is called the “Kutunza Project” – kutunza is a Kiswahili word that means, among other things, to protect, to care for, and to honor. As you will see in their proposal, Carina and Ben do honor the community and the culture in Tungamalenga, Tanzania. To learn more, please check out the document describing their effort: The Kutunza Project.

Steve, Johnny and Ben in Tanzania

Steve, Johnny and Ben on the road between Tunduma and Sumbawanga, Tanzania.



Matt Salava

Graduate Student

July 3, 2008 - Matt was recently awarded a Wyoming NASA  Space Grant Consortium Graduate  Research Fellowship to support his proposal titled "Using spatial decision support systems to integrate visual and environmental consideration for visual resource management." 

This fellowship will support Matt's research and his ability to extend the work that he is doing support the BLM Lander office with their visual resource management activities. Matt intends to use this funding to investigate approaches for including ecological and environmental measures within an SDSS that already addresses visual resource issues.

Congratulations Matt!


Teal Wyckoff

Undergraduate Student

Teal, an undergraduate double major in Geography and Environment and Natural Resources, myself,  and Ken Driese, Remote Sensing Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center collaborated on a project entitled “Sagebrush Community Structure Characterization for Improved Remotely Sensed Imagery Use in the Laramie Basin, Wyoming” which stemmed from Teal's NASA funded undergraduate research fellowship grant awarded in the spring of 2007.  

This project is focused on testing the ability of remote sensing to characterize sagebrush structure.  The study is underway in the Laramie Basin area of Wyoming but has application throughout Wyoming and the northwestern U.S.  The project is focused on the use of moderate resolution imagery such as Landsat TM, which is used for characterizing large area land cover. Of  interest for the project is understanding if shrubland attributes such as density and height can be accurately characterized using statistical approaches with moderate resolution imagery.  To accomplish this task, 10 sites were located within the Laramie Basin that were chosen to specifically capture sage cover percentages from zero to greater than 26%.  Ten 100 meter transects were completed per site on a 10 centimeter scale to evaluate the land cover types and cover percentages.  The field work was conducted by Teal over the months of June and July, the data organization and processing was completed over August and September, and the Statistics and image analysis are being conducted through with a completion date of December 31, 2007.